8/2/2011 5:47 PM
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Elmer Eugene Browning, affectionately known as Gene, held one of the most unpopular jobs on the crew of he B-17, during WWII; the ball turret gunner. This position(often called the "loneliest place to be"), under the belly of the aircraft was the most vulnerable and dangerous jobs on the aircraft, and life expectancy was very low. Gene was with the 8th Air force(in those days,known as the Army Air Corps), and flew 32 missions over Germany during WWII, and received the Distinguished Flying Cross. He will be sorely missed by his friends and family, and will be laid to rest at the Georgia National Cemetery, Wednesday, August 3rd. Glenn Miller recorded a popular song called Elmer's Tune, and Gene and his wife Melba, also wrote a wonderful book about his life as a turret gunner, of the same title. It is the story of his unquestionable loyalty and love of his country, along with his faithfulness and love that he held, for the women in his life; comes this story of a young boy. He became a man after serving as a ball turret gunner in the 8th Air Force; 32 missions over Germany during WWII( taken from Melba Browning, Elmer's Tune) Georgia Assistant State Director for Bugles Across America, Don Ware, will be providing bugler support of live Taps, as a final send-off, to honor and thanks Gene Browning for his service and heroism to our great nation.
side note: Don Ware is assigned to Georgia National Cemetery, coordinating a bugler rotation of 10-11 buglers, supporting 25-30 services per week, with Live Taps.
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